When we see something cool and good, we like to share. Periodically, we’ll highlight a company or project that we think is interesting and shareworthy. They probably aren’t ready yet to be an iGive store, but that shouldn’t stop you from thinking about their efforts.
This month we’re introducing you to Karma Trik. Karma Trik is a clothing item for women that can be worn at least 15 ways. This innovative product is versatile, simple and sustainable. Not only is the company mission “buy less, use more,” but the cloth for this project is made from plastic bottles in Haiti, a country with no other recycling infrastructure, providing jobs in an economy that is rebuilding. The cloth is brought to the U.S. where it’s crafted artfully. It is sewn at an employee owned co-op in North Carolina.
Take a look at Karma Trik. It’s cool, it’s new, and sounds useful. It’s an Indiegogo project, so if you like it, read about how you can support its development, the risks associated with the project, and maybe get your very own!
There are so many stories about merchants making a positive change in the world that we’ve created a new site to celebrate them! For the latest news, check out Merchant Good Works.
If you’ve had an especially good interaction with a store, online or in person, let us know so we can celebrate the Good Works!
The Israel Children’s Cancer Foundation is on the forefront of the fight against cancer. Cancer is the number one killer of children in Israel; 1 in every 330 children under the age of 20 develops some form of cancer. “Although Israel is technologically advanced in many areas, the delivery of cancer care … has not kept pace with the country’s progress. There is a compelling need for providing quality medical care in Israel to children…who are afflicted with the dreaded disease of cancer” (ICCF).
Well-to-do patients often go overseas to seek treatment for cancer, however for those who cannot afford the travel or the treatments, options are limited. ICCF offers “assistance to every child in the State of Israel, regardless of race, creed, or national origin. The Israel Children’s Cancer Foundation helps fund six major hospitals and medical centers in Israel specifically for the treatment of childhood cancers” (ICCF).
“I would like to thank…ICCF again for your generous and constant support…The ICCF now plays a central role in the Pediatric Oncology effort in Israel, not only in financial support but also in education and advocacy… We hope to maintain this partnership for many years to come.”
-Dr. Michael Weintraub,
Director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem.
Congratulations to Marie W.! She earned $377.42 in ONE MONTH for her cause, Spay N Save.
Spay N Save is dedicated to keeping as many homeless pets off the streets as possible through their affordable spay and neuter clinic. Its mission is to end the need for euthanasia at animal shelters through preventative surgeries, and since it opened in July 2012, has performed over 24,000 such surgeries. Spay N Save is a specialized clinic, not a full service vet, which allows them to streamline their sterilization services and offer them at low cost while serving a large population of pets.
For anyone that happens to live in Seminole County, Florida, Spay N Save is hosting an exciting fundraiser today (Feb 7)! Famed folk artist Theresa Disney will be painting pet portraits for donations, and all proceeds go to spay/neuter surgeries.
Hotels.com has partnered with iGive.com to reward Marie’s earning efforts with a $150 gift card.
ExOfficio doesn’t just sell adventure travel clothes, it’s committed to ensuring that the adventure is worthwhile! ExOfficio does this by partnering with philanthropic programs that give back around the globe. Currently, they are helping to support four philanthropic partners:
- Rivers of Recovery, an organization that creates adventures and amazing experiences for disabled veterans and their families
- World Concern, a non-profit that provides lifesaving assistance to people in dire need
- The Wilderness Classroom, an organization that helps get students out of their classrooms and into the wild all across the globe
Each one of these non-profits is helping the world around them, and every cent counts. Make every day an adventure.
The Massachusetts Lion’s Eye Research Fund is a non-profit organization that works to fund research on the prevention and cure of eye-related diseases. It is focused in the Boston area and currently awards nearly $1 million in grants per year – grants funded by donations.
In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International convention and challenged them to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”. In the spirit of Helen Keller, the Massachusetts Lion’s Eye Research Fund was founded in 1951, and since then has funded over $32 million of grants.
As one iGive member describes, “In the early 1950s, Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. (MLERFi) awarded its first grant to doctors at Harvard Medical School to search for the cause of “blind baby disease” which affected 2500 premature babies per year. That grant helped confirm the discovery that too much oxygen in incubators was the cause. The solution: a 5-cent valve to control the flow of oxygen. Since then, over 150,000 premature babies’ sight has been saved. Today, MLERFi funds bold and innovative research to save and restore the sight of infants and adults alike. Since [they] are an all-volunteer organization, 100% of the funds donated are awarded as research grants. Your donation will help our researchers save or even restore someone’s vision.”
Nancy D. raised $316 for her cause, Save A Dog, Inc!
Save A Dog is a humane society based out of Massachusetts. They take in dogs who would have otherwise been put to sleep, foster them, provide medical care, and help adopt them out. Dogs come to Save a Dog from all over – many of their dogs actually come from rural West Virginia and Tennessee, where there is a dire need for shelters. For their holiday season, Save a Dog got a HUGE treat – through donations and fundraising they just bought the shelter they’ve been renting for eight years!!
The (just bought) Save A Dog, Inc. shelter!
For her efforts, Nancy will receive a $100 gift card to Amazon.com!
It is the mission of the Precious Moments Supporting Foundation to glorify God through hope, promise, and celebration; to nurture, develop and encourage creativity; and to provide children with the tools to explore the arts through charitable donations, volunteers and special projects.
As a non-profit, 501 (c )(3) organization with an emphasis on the arts, it is the Precious Moments Supporting Foundation’s purpose to enable children to recognize their God given gifts. Community involvement with churches, local schools, home school groups and other organizations is the Foundation’s primary focus. Creating events to include theater, song, dance and art will provide our youth an opportunity to explore and share their talents. Our facilities are available to the public for events and projects that coincide with the Foundation’s mission statement. The Precious Moments Supporting Foundation welcomes volunteers with a passion for the arts to assist in molding our youth fundamentally, socially and spiritually.
The Precious Moments Supporting Foundation is the sole support for the Precious Moments Chapel and grounds.
Kerri G. dropped us a note about her beloved iGive Cause, Women of the Moose!
The Women of the Moose Chapter 2274 provides social, sports, family and community service opportunities in a fraternal setting. Members of the Women of the Moose dedicate many volunteer hours to those in need, not only in our own chapters but, more importantly, to those in their communities. We assist in the support and maintenance of a 1,000-acre community and school in Illinois called “Mooseheart” for babies, children and teens from throughout North America who, for whatever reason, lack a stable home.
Bradley B. raised over $800 in ONE MONTH for Chicago-based Theatre-Hikes.
Begun in 2001, Theatre-Hike’s goal is to combine the three E’s:
Exercise, Environment and Entertainment.
When you come to a Theatre-Hikes™ performance you are greeted by our Hike Leader who will guide you on a short walk through the scenes of our show. You will sit for a bit and then pick up your seats, blankets etc and walk a short bit to the next scene, and so on.
We do our best to bring you back to where you met us, so you can jump back in your car, bike, bus or train back to your home.
Novica will be sending a $150 value gift card to Bradley in celebration of his outstanding efforts on behalf of his iGive Cause!